In January I was extremely fortunate enough to be given my all clear from cancer. My experience involved denial (my own), my doctor dismissing me for 12 months and even the urologist being unconcerned...then the results from the first operation came back and things got serious. It was a male cancer, but there was no lumps or bumps in my case, just a change in skin, a small mark that wouldn‘t go away.
I was one of the ‘it won’t happen to me’...it did happen.
2 years later and a second surgery (cancer wasn’t finished with me) and I’m all good. The wrong type, the wrong place, the wrong age...all the reasons given to me why things took so long. That said the doctors and nurses at the Christies hospital are real life heroes and I felt unworthy looking at the condition of some people - I said this to my doctor, and his reply was ‘your here now so you don‘t get that ill’.
The fantastic work to understand, diagnose and treat cancer can only happen if we support charities like Cancer Research UK.
Soooo, I’m asking for your help to raise as much money as I can for Cancer Research UK. I’m taking part in the ‘Longest Day Up’ challenge on the 21st June. There is a group of us going to be riding motorbikes from Lands End to John O’Groats in one day (dusk till dawn on the longest day of the year)...and you’re not allowed to use motorways. That’s basically 1000 miles on A roads in a day, on a prescribed route.
Having had back surgery a few years ago this is going to a big physical challenge also - if you’re going to challenge yourself then go big!
Times are hard and if you can’t spare anything I will still thank you for reading my story and please bear it in mind, to all the men in the world - if you’re not sure, please go to the doctors. If your still not happy, go back and demand to see a specialist...if I hadn’t I may well not have had the opportunity to write this and be in a position to give something back.